One of the sport’s true global ambassadors, Jennifer Lucore is also one of pickleball’s most decorated athletes. Among her accomplishments include — 17-time gold medal winner at the USAPA National Championships, 11-time Canadian National Champion, four-time Tournament of Champions title-holder among many other medals and awards at the US Open and various tournaments. A USAPA Ambassador at large, Lucore’s first exposure to pickleball was in 2007 when she was vacationing with her family and met up with her parents in Bend, Oregon for a local tournament. There, she saw first-hand how all ages can compete in the sport and have a marvelous time on and off the court. She attended the very first USAPA Nationals in 2009 for a mini-vacation and watch her parents compete. Quickly, she caught the pickleball bug. The very next year, she started playing and from then on has fully experienced the love and passion for the game and the people that play the great sport of pickleball. Lucore, a current resident of southern California has toured the country and the globe playing in Canada, Caribbean, Costa Rica, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, Spain and in 2019 will be traveling to Thailand. Known internationally as one of pickleball’s pre-eminent bloggers, Lucore also recently published the sport’s first ever history book, “History of Pickleball – More Than 50 Years of Fun!” Her love of the sport is clearly evident and is thrilled about USAPA’s top event moving to California. “With the Nationals playing in Indian Wells, it now means we have a bigger stage to showcase this awesome sport.” Lucore’s enthusiasm can also be found in Pickleball Magazine throughout the year as the publication’s “Around the Post” column contributor.